Did the X-ray specs from vintage comic book ads really work? Goodness,…

For his upcoming book Mail-Order Mysteries, author Kirk Demarais assessed dozens of craptacular items you could purchase from the sensationalist comic book ads of yore. Here's his video investigation — the ventriloquist dummy is particularly creepy. It's more disappointing than that soothsaying robotic brain. » 10/01/11 8:30am 10/01/11 8:30am

What Clark Kent sees every day on the Metropolis subway

When you have x-ray vision, a trip on the subway means you always know who is behind every newspaper - and what people are carrying in their pockets. Nick Veasey's photos reveal what lurks beneath the surface of everyday life. » 10/05/10 6:40am 10/05/10 6:40am

Amazingly, a Good — and Frightening — SF Play

Any theories on why science-fiction theater tends to be so lame? Does the naturalism of the stage thwart suspension of disbelief? In any case, a good one, called The Assember Dilator, seems to've just finished brewing in the East Village. » 1/28/10 3:00pm 1/28/10 3:00pm

Human Vision Evolved to See Through Objects

So many of our superheroes are animal-themed because we perceive non-primates as having remarkable powers. Ants have their super-strength, bats have flight and sonar, and canines have sharp teeth and the ability to detect an open bag of kibble from half a mile away. But a recent study reveals that, from the… » 9/06/08 1:00pm 9/06/08 1:00pm

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Superman's Eyeballs

Superman used to be just strong and sort of invulnerable, but now his powers are officially out of control. According to Superman II, he can erase your mind just by kissing you, not to mention his super-breath, super-hearing and super-ventriloquism. But Superman's out-of-control power really started with his… » 2/26/08 12:00pm 2/26/08 12:00pm

X-Ray Hackers Show Tinest Crystalline Structure Ever Seen

What does this one-micron sized object look like to you? Despite what Freud would say, that boldly thrusting little guy is a microcrystal, once classified as a powder too tiny to be imaged using X-rays. But a bunch of European X-ray fiends have rigged up a special X-ray diffractor at the European Synchrotron Radiation… » 10/04/07 8:42am 10/04/07 8:42am